Female Quotas in Parliament: Do They Make a Difference?

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Abstract

Electoral gender quotas have emerged as widespread political reform in recent years, having been adopted in more than 130 countries worldwide as of 2014. This article presents an overview of gender quota policies and surveys their effects in five respects: numbers of women elected, legislative diversity, policy-making, public attitudes, and political engagement. Overall, the evidence suggests that the introduction of quotas has been important for rethinking the role of gender in political life, enabling women to play a greater role in politics around the globe. However, the impact of quotas on women's empowerment more broadly continues to be debated.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationInternational Encyclopedia of the Social & Behavioral Sciences: Second Edition
PublisherElsevier Inc.
Pages888-892
Number of pages5
ISBN (Electronic)9780080970875
ISBN (Print)9780080970868
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 26 2015

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All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Social Sciences(all)

Keywords

  • Candidate selection
  • Elections
  • Electoral politics
  • Electoral systems
  • Feminism
  • Gender and politics
  • Parliament
  • Political parties
  • Political representation
  • Women in politics

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Krook, M. L. (2015). Female Quotas in Parliament: Do They Make a Difference? In International Encyclopedia of the Social & Behavioral Sciences: Second Edition (pp. 888-892). Elsevier Inc.. https://doi.org/10.1016/B978-0-08-097086-8.64064-3